In a previous article we realized a Top 7 beaches from Costa del Sol, today we propouse a Top 8 of the most beautiful resorts from Costa del Sol. The former fishing villages of the “Sun Coast” welcome millions of international visitors each year – not counting the estimated 300,000 expats who call the coast home. The winning formula is 320 sunny days a year, warm, clean waters and beaches, and good-value, though somewhat brash, entertainment options. Heavy on neon and tower blocks, most of what’s here has little to do with local culture, but what is exuberantly Andalucian is the verve with which visitors enjoy themselves in the sun. Nights, too, are given over to typically Spanish merriment that continues until dawn.
The most beautiful 8 resorts from Costa del Sol
The first major resort on this coast is an excellent quieter choice, with 19 km (12 miles) of beach (right). In the casco antiguo (old town). Plaza Las Flores (below) retains considerable charm. Estepona still has a large fishing fleet, with a fish auction every dawn when the boats come in with their catch. Probably, the most beautiful beach in Estepona area is Cristo Beach.
Begining with the 15th-century Plaza de los Naranjos is the heart of the old town of Marbella, Spain’s most expensive resort. Nearby Puerto Banus is the town’s glittering marina (right), where you can admire the fabulous yachts and breathe the same air as the super-rich. The most quiter beach in this area is Artola- Capobino.
This large resort is the most family-orientated, with a good beach and a seafront promenade. There is a restored 10th-century Moorish castle overlooking the town. We consider that the best beach in that area is El Castillo Eijido.
This resort comes in three parts: the old town inland; the beach and port area (above): and Arroyo de la Miel, a lively suburb. We prefer in that area the Bil Bil beach.
Torre de los Molinos (Tower of the Windmills) refers to a Moorish watchtower that was at one time surrounded by 19 flourmills. The ancient Torre Vigia is still here, but surrounding it now is a big, brash and trashily modern resort that is the quintessence of inexpensive fun. The most interesting beach here is Carihuela.
Málaga is mostly a transit point for the average visitor and thus remains very Spanish in character. Andalucía‘s second largest city has an interesting historic district dominated by a vast 8th-century fortress and the ruins of the 14th-century Castillo de Gibralfaro.
7. Torre del Mar
Torre del Mar is that kind a resort which is favoured by Spanish families, so is less tawdry than others to the west. The tree-lined seafront promenade is part of an attempt to prettify facilities.
8. Velez- Malaga
The old quarter of this market town (below) has Beautiful Mudejar features. An annual flamenco guitar competition is held here every July.